Tag Archives: Flooding

Flood Mitigation Works – 8th July

Swindon Borough Council LogoSwindon Borough Council are scheduled to start work on the South Marston Flood Alleviation Scheme works. These works will include highway drainage remedial and improvement works at Highworth Road, the village centre and Thornhill Road.

The remedial works include clearing the drainage networks and replacing the existing defective sewers as identified by CCTV inspection. In general, this will need locating the defects, excavate and cut out the existing section of the defective sewer and replace with new sewer of similar size and material. The gully connections on line of sewers shall be made via suitable size branch junction. Each section of replaced pipe will need to be cleaned and CCTV surveyed after the repair has been completed.

The works will start on 8th July with the Thornhill Road section.

Ref:  TD266 ‘South Marston Flood Mitigation Scheme’

Flood works map

Flood Alert – 12th July 2012 21:23

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Cole and Dorcan Brook .

Flooding is possible for the River Cole and The Dorcan Brook for the East Swindon Area down to above Buscot Wick .

Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

Be prepared to protect yourself, family, pets and property.

The river and flooding forecast is as follows: Following the recent rainfall, river levels on the River Cole are rising. The river may spill out into the floodplain in the Lower Stratton area. No property flooding is currently expected.
The weather forecast is to expect further showers overnight. Friday will see further showers, some of which may be heavy.

– Prepare a flood kit including a torch, batteries, mobile phone, warm clothes, water, food and any prescription medicines you may need.

– Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.

– Farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.

– Keep an eye on local water levels and weather conditions. Visit the Environment Agency website http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk for river level and flooding information.

– Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 using quickdial 171235 for up-to-date flooding information.


Environment Agency South East
West Thames Flood Warning Duty Officer
Red Kite House,
Howbery Park, Wallingford,
Oxon. OX10 8BD
Floodline 0845 988 1188

Please do not reply to this email. If you want more information about flooding or to stop receiving these emails, please phone Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or log onto Floodline Warnings Direct at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/floodline.

Planning Event Slides – 12 June 2012

Below are the planning boards and slides which were used at the South Marston Planning Event held at the South Marston Hotel on 12th June 2012. The materials provided here have been provided by Swindon Borough Council.

Colin McEwens photos of the village flooding experienced on 29th April which were presented at the meeting: Click here. Follow the map link on the right hand side to see where the photos were taken.

We also have the Technical Note – regarding the Traffic assessment through the village.

Photos of flooding 29/4/2012 – updated

During the heavy rain and subsequent flooding on 29th April 2012, Colin McEwen took the opportunity to drive around the village and photograph areas where it was apparent that drainage was inadequate and surface water had gathered, and culverts were close to overflowing. These photos were shown at the development presentation last week. I have now managed to get the photos available online, and together with a map indicating where the photos were taken.

The photos are available here. You no longer need to log in to be able to see them. Follow the ‘map’ link on the right hand side to see the different areas affected.

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A420 Culvert upgrade works and Road Closure – 17th to 20th June 2011

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Swindon Borough Council will be carrying out culvert upgrade works on the A420. The works involve a lane closure for the majority of the works but there will be a weekend road closure. The works involve the following:

  • Thames West Utility diversion to facilitate the works
  • Removal of the existing drainage structure (3 x pipes)
  • Replacement of the existing structure with a 3 x 450mm diameter pipes
  • Reinstatement of the road surface
  • Road closure to allow the pipes to be constructed across the road centre line

This work is required as a priority, as the area has been prone to flooding in the past and this culvert has been identified as a restriction to flow.

The works will commence on 6th June 2011 for 4 weeks. During this period, the road will be closed from 2300hrs on 17th June 2011 to 0600hrs on 20th June 2011 and an alternative diversion route will be signed from the closure. Works will take place from 0730hrs to 1800hrs daily, Monday to Friday, Saturdays from 0800hrs to 1700hrs and Sundays from 0900hrs to 1700hrs.

Should you require information in another language, or alternative format, please contact Customer Services, telephone number 01793 463725.

The original SBC letter for residents affected, which includes further details, can be found HERE.

Parish Council Update – May 2011

Swindon Borough Council Core Strategy Presentation in the Village Hall

On 12 April, Swindon Borough Council held their Roadshow on the Core Strategy and gave some indications about their thoughts on the expansion of the village.

The village expansion working party also put on a display of some of their work.

Over 130 villagers attended. Many were kind enough to complete a questionnaire about the proposals and raised several points of their own. Of the 100 questionnaires given out, some 60% have so far been returned.

The village expansion working party are analysing the completed questionnaires and are also trying to obtain from Swindon Borough Planners, the answers to some of the questions and concerns raised by villagers.

Once this work has been completed, it is the intention of the village expansion working party to invite villagers to another meeting to hear the results of the questionnaires and to discuss the implications of these and some of the other points raised in greater detail. It is hoped that this can be arranged during May 2011.

Because it is not always convenient for villagers to attend on an evening, it is hoped to run the feed back meetings at different times of the day and on different days of the week in order to allow as great a participation of villagers as possible. When these meetings have been finalised, we will deliver a leaflet through your door giving you the detailed arrangements. We hope you will all continue to attend these meeting, as your views are important.

Flooding Photographs

The Parish Council would be grateful if anyone with photographs of flooding in the proposed building area could get in touch. Either email your pictures to the Parish Clerk at clerksmpc@aol.com or drop pictures in to any Parish Councillor. Thank you.

Annual Meeting of the Parish Council

The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council is scheduled to be held on Tuesday 24th

May at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. An agenda will be published prior to the meeting on the village website and on village noticeboards.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

The woodland at the back of St. Julian’s Close is currently being managed by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust as a village facility. The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust have been working with the local Primary School to design a bench and seating around a woodland theme. A local artist has been commissioned to make the bench. The artwork will be unveiled on July 14th.

For further information please contact Neil Pullen, Swindon Wildlife Officer on neilp@wiltshirewildlife.org

Property Level Protection Update and Q&A

Swindon Borough Council are in the process of processing the PLP application for residents in South Marston Parish. They currently have expressions of interest from a number of residents in Chapel Lane and Greenfields.

On guidance from the Environment Agency the applications to date from South Marston Parish will be grouped into a community submission for Chapel Lane and Greenfields respectively.

Swindon Borough Council have advised that it may be of benefit to inform other residents living on Chapel Lane and Greenfields that a community application is being applied for on their behalf by Swindon BC.

Any retrospective applicants wishing to add their property details in these locations will need to inform Mark Hill from the Environment Agency by 14th April at 4PM.

His contact details are: mark.s.hill@environment-agency.gov.uk or Telephone 01491 828381.

Gemma Cheal

Clerk to South Marston Parish Council

01793 820529

Property Level Protection Applications

The Environment Agency have informed Swindon Borough Council that DEFRA have agreed they can ring-fence £2million nationally, for property Level Protection schemes in the financial year 2011/12. Property Level Protection is available to residents who have endured flooding in South Marston.

There are tight timescales for submitting applications. Residents who feel they qualify and wish to apply for a funding grant to protect their property should send an expression of interest to highwayasset@swindon.gov.uk before 8th April 2011.

Applications will then be processed by Swindon Borough Council through the Environment Agency on your behalf.

Key points:

  • Tight timescale for submitting applications. Expressions of interest to highwayasset@swindon.gov.uk by 8th April 2011.
  • Swindon Borough Council will be informed of successful applications by 5th May 2011.
  • Schemes to be finished and money claimed by 31st March 2012.
  • Grant allocation is £4,250 per property (to include £500 on administration, no limit on survey costs).

For more information, please email: propertyprotection@environment-agency.gov.uk or visit the South Marston website where further details will be posted.